How RuPaul's Drag Race Lip-Sync Songs Are Chosen

If a queen is going to compete on RuPaul's Drag Race, that reality celeb needs to know how to mime to music, and it's time to talk about how the show's lip-sync songs are selected. Lip-syncing is a staple on the show, as the bottom two queens need to do it to stay in the competition. In RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars, the top two must lip-sync to try and win a cash prize, and gain power in the game. However, viewers always wonder how the songs for the iconic lip-sync performances are chosen.


Before applying for RuPaul's Drag Race, prospective contestants should know how to stand out in a lip-sync battle. If they end up in a Drag Race elimination, winning in this type of challenge is the only way that they can avoid going home. It is very common for the songs to be upbeat tunes. However, there is occasionally a slow ballad that changes the pace. Now, one of the producers is speaking out, and letting people who watch the show know whether "Mama Ru" (RuPaul Charles) actually has any say in picking the lip-sync songs.

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While speaking to The Wow Report, executive producer Tom Campbell stated that RuPaul is very involved in the process of choosing the lip-sync tunes. He said, "He will reject songs because they’re the wrong tempo, they don’t build… there’s all of these factors he’s thinking about. Back in the iPod days, when RuPaul gave you an iPod that he had loaded with music, it was a gift from god. He is truly a Ph.D. in pop culture, especially when it comes to music."

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When Drag Race first began to air in 2009, it was hard for producers to obtain the rights to the songs that they wanted to use. RuPaul's Drag Race was just getting its start, so nobody really knew much about the series at that time. Now that the VH1 show has become popular, that process has become a lot easier. The series now has artists approaching producers, hoping to get their songs on the show.

Lip-syncing is definitely a skill that almost all drag performers must have, especially if they are competing on RuPaul's Drag Race. While it may not be easy for an artist to get their song used as a lip-sync selection, some iconic Drag Race moments have been captured onscreen. During the most unforgettable performances, songs skyrocket to new heights.

With RuPaul's Drag Race season 15 officially renewed, viewers are bound to see some more iconic lip-sync performances on the series. It is unknown when the upcoming season will air, but it is rumored that filming wrapped over the summer, so fans shouldn't have to wait too long. For now, viewers can watch RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race season 2, to get their fix until the new season airs.

Source: The Wow Report